Resilience and Positive Psychology

Positive psychology research has outlined a set of basic psychological needs that all humans strive for and the conditions under which these needs are most likely to be satisfied. Relatedly, the study of resilience is concerned with identifying how some individuals are able to adapt positively in the face of significant adversity. The study of both resilience and positive psychology emerged as a response to mainstream psychology’s tendency to focus on avoidance of negative symptoms and outcomes. This entry reviews the major insights garnered from these two subfields of psychology and how they are increasingly being applied to interventions aimed at reducing criminal behavior.

Positive Psychology

The field of positive psychology is about exploring the conditions under which humans are most able to flourish and live a ...

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